Johanna Miller Lewis, Ph.D.


Dr. Lewis and President Clinton shaking hands in the White House
Dr. Lewis with President Clinton in the White House

Professor and Graduate Coordinator of History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 S. University, Little Rock, AR 72204-1099
Office: 605A Stabler Hall

Contact Information:
E-mail address:
Office phone: (501) 569-3216
Fax: (501) 569-3059

Teaching responsibilities include:

  • U.S. History survey
  • Colonial America
  • Women in American History
  • Material Culture: The Artifact in 18th and 19th Century America
  • graduate course on exhibits for history museums
  • graduate seminars on museum interpretation and museum administration
  • directing master's theses.

    Research includes scholarly topics and public history topics. Currently working on:

  • Japanese-American Experience During World War II: Telling the Story of a Forgotten Chapter in Arkansas History (funded by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation)
  • L.C. and Daisy Bates Historic Museum
  • desegregation in public education in Arkansas, including Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Little Rock and the Central High School 1957 desegregation crisis.


    Community Service includes Central High Museum & Visitor Center board of directors and the Arkansas Women’s History Institute, President

    Administrative duties include managing budget, personnel and curriculum issues for the Graduate program at UALR.


    Favorite Links:

    A Gathering of Women: Arkansas Women 1930-2000

    UALR History Department

    Central High School National Historic Site

    Japanese-American Experience During World War II



    US History Since 1877

    Perspectives on Women in American History

    History of Technology


    Current Projects:

    The Japanese-American Experience During World War II: Telling the Story of a Forgotten Chapter in Arkansas History

    So You Want to Start A Museum?

    The Sun Never Sets on the Mighty Jeep: The Jeep during World War II, exhibit for the McArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History.

    A History of UAMS under Harry P. Ward

    Women of the Central High Crisis: The Politics of Gender and Desegregation traveling exhibit, available through Julienne Crawford at the Arkansas History Commission, (501) 682-6900


    Professor of History, 2000 - present
    Associate Professor (with tenure), 1995-2000
    Assistant Professor of History, 1991-1995

    Biographical Information:

    Born in Baltimore, MD, 1961
    Married to Michael H. Lewis, formerly with the Historic Arkansas Museum


    Graduated from high school (Roland Park Country School), 1979;
    A.B. in American Studies and History, Salem College (Winston-Salem, NC), 1983
    M.A. in U.S. History with a concentration in Historic Preservation, Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC), 1985;
    Ph.D. in early American history, College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) 1991)
    Previously employed at Colonial Williamsburg, Collections Division, Museums Division, 1986-1991

    Personal Interests:

    Antique Baltimore silver

    Salem, Bethabara, & Hope, my three cats


    Updated July 24, 2008